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I Don’t Like Jazz Standards – Q&A with Brent from Learn Jazz Standards

Here’s a video Q&A with me and Brent Vaarstra from Learn Jazz Standards answering your questions! We cover quite a few questions and both Brent and I give our perspective on the questions which isn’t always the same.

Brent runs a great channel and PodCast with LJS he is certainly worth checking out. I have been invited as a guest teacher, but the list of interesting topics and teachers is very impressive. Learn Jazz Standards is a great resource for everybody trying to work on anything jazz.

Table of Content

0:00 Intro

0:49 I Don’t Like Jazz Standards

3:48 Sight Reading – Best Method

6:33 First Jam-session Advice

8:54 How To Remember Tunes

11:49 Short Daily Practice Routine

It was a lot of fun to do this Q&A and of course, Brent is a great guitar player and a very nice guy so check out his channel and the podcast!

The Q&A Video on Learn Jazz Standards

Learn Jazz Standards: https://www.youtube.com/user/Learnjazzstandards
LJS Website and Podcast: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/

My Guest appearance on LJS Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLSTWhMheU8

Sight-reading and interpreting a Jazz Standard Leadsheet

Sight-reading music is a tricky situation to be in for most jazz guitar players. Most of the time when you are in a situation where you have to read music from a leadsheet or similar you actually have to interpret what is there as much as you have to be able to read a specific melody or set of voicings. This interpretation and analysis is what I try to discuss in this video.

The video covers a discussion and an analysis of the song and different approaches to comping and strategies to keep in mind.

1:00 The song
1:22 Analysis: The Form
4:45 Advantage to understand the form
9:07 Playing I remember You
10:21 Analyzing and Correcting the Chords
13:46 Generalizing Chord Progressions
18:48 Reading the melody and incorporating that into the comp
20:11 Extensions behind the melody
23:25 Turning this into instant chord melody arrangements + Practical thoughts
25:43 Comping The Tune
26:03 Different types of comping
26:27 Comping with inner-voice movement and a bit of counterpoint
27:58 Comping more rhythmical and riff oriented (Drop2 and Triads)
29:00 #IV diminished stategy
29:29 Comping example: Cadence for the #IV
30:33 Leave space for the soloist
31:06 Comping just laying down the harmony
32:03 Strategies for soloing
33:24 Chord Reduction of the song
34:27 Solo on I Remember You
36:51 Reducing and Things to watch out for
38:19 Problem with Chord Scale theory

Jazz Guitar Q&A #22 – Allan Holdsworth – Sight Reading – Left Hand Speed

Jazz guitar Q&A #22!

In this weeks Q&A I will go over some questions on how to increase left hand speed, Auditioning for a jazz school,  Sight reading, Allan Holdsworth and the length of my beard!

And of course some stuff about my new Patreon page! https://www.patreon.com/jenslarsen

If you have any questions on guitars, effects, improvisation, technique or improvisation then leave a comment on my video or send me a message on Facebook or Instagram.

Contents;

  • My New Patreon Page
  • Sight Reading tips
  • Beard and tone!
  • Allan Holdsworth
  • Audition for Jazz School
  • Left Hand Speed

Check out my favourite Allan Holdsworth album: Sixteen Men of Tain: http://amzn.to/2lViW6q

0:11 Intro
1:01 My New Patreon Page
3:01 Sight Reading tips
11:15 Beard and tone!
12:02 Allan Holdsworth
19:13 Audition for Jazz School
25:26 Left Hand Speed
31:29 Outro